Fulbright Teacher Prepares for Journey


Kate Raffile is about to embark on a journey that will combine two of her passions in life – traveling the world and teaching children how to read. Raffile, a special education teacher who has been with Sippican School for six years, was awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching in April of this year. […] Read more »

Christmas in Shipyard Park


Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty — plus food, crafts for kids, and the annual tree lighting are some of the hallmarks of a Mattapoisett Christmas. The Mattapoisett Lion’s Club in partnership with local businesses hosted the annual tree lighting at Shipyard Park on Saturday, December 13. The Lions also collected toys and canned goods in support […] Read more »

Marion Holiday Stroll a Christmas Classic


It felt like forever to some who were staked out at Island Wharf, eyes glued to the horizon scanning the waters for the sign of a moving vessel – and hopefully a vessel that looked as though it might be arriving from the North Pole to deliver Santa Claus to the Marion Holiday Stroll on […] Read more »

Pancake Breakfast with Santa


Marion’s Police Brotherhood held its 3rd annual toy drive and pancake breakfast with Santa at Sippican School on December 6. Families were asked to bring new unwrapped toys, and in return they were given a delicious pancake breakfast and a photo with Santa. The toys are being donated to the Justice Resource Institute, which provides […] Read more »

Rochester Tree Lighting at Town Hall


Santa Claus arrived like a celebrity on December 8 at the annual Rochester Tree Lighting at Town Hall. Hundreds turned out to greet Santa, listen to the RMS chorus and band play Christmas carols, and watch as the flick of a switch lit up the tree, symbolizing the official start of Christmas in Rochester. Photos […] Read more »

Christmas on Little Island


This Christmas, you might notice the twinkling lights of Christmas trees on yonder “Little Island” in Sippican Harbor at night – a sight never beheld before. But, thanks to advances in technology, the Christmas Spirit now resides on the small, rocky, uninhabited island that is owned by Jay Wurts and located in the inner harbor […] Read more »

Local Man is a World Champion


Marcio Silva of Marion still cannot believe it. For him, being regarded as the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter in his division in the world still feels like a dream. How was it possible that he could go from an overweight worker stuck in an unfulfilling job to first place winner in the International Brazilian Jiu […] Read more »

Breakfast with Santa

In 2014 the Mattapoisett Police Officer’s Association partnered up with the Mattapoisett Knight’s of Columbus in their already established “Breakfast with Santa.”  This year we asked for each family to bring a new or slightly used gift, jacket or book to later be delivered to Gift’s To Give.  The Assocoation had a great turn out […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Police Give Check to Charity


The Mattapoisett Police Officer’s Association presented the proceeds from their annual Charity Golf Tournament to its recipient, Cops for Kids with Cancer, on December 9 during a noontime ceremony at the police station. Cops for Kids with Cancer Chairman of the Board Robert Flaherty braved the wind and rain to travel from Braintree to Mattapoisett […] Read more »

Kitten Capers


(The following was originally written in April 2010 at a time when my Father was still able to live in his home albeit with lots of help. This story involves cats. Prior to making a final decision about their future, I attempted to engage rescue agencies to assist. Failing that, I made a decision I […] Read more »